Sixteen people face federal charges for conspiring to distribute cocaine in Arkansas from Mexico.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Little Rock held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the charges, which totaled 25 indictments handed down by a federal grand jury.
The investigation centers around the Gulf Cartel, based out of Matamoros, Mexico. The cartel is alleged to have distributed “multiple hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in the United States,” according to a news release.
The indictment accuses the lead defendant, Idalia Ramos Rangel, 57, of keying a drug ring that delivered more than 100 kilograms [...]
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The former boss of the Mexican Gulf cartel was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for a drug smuggling and distribution conspiracy that prosecutors said shipped more than a half ton of marijuana into Texas each week.
A federal jury had taken just two hours in September to find Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon guilty of a conspiracy to import and distribute marijuana and cocaine. A judge imposed the life sentence, the maximum under the charges.
Rincon-Rincon did not testify, and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defense.
The U.S. Border Patrol [...]
By Sylvia Longmire / Fox News
One early morning in mid-January of 2013, Jesús Juárez opened the front door of his Brownsville, Texas home and saw a package. It had the typical FedEx markings on it, and despite the fact that his daughter’s boyfriend didn’t see it on his way out the night before, Jesús brought the package inside and opened it. Fortunately, only one of the four pipe bombs inside the package detonated, but just that single device blew out the front door and windows and severely burned him, his wife and their young daughter.
A brother of two top leaders for one of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico was convicted Thursday of buying racehorses to hide illegal drug profits.
A federal jury that deliberated for about nine hours over two days found Jose Trevino Morales, 46, guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Trevino faces up to 20 years in prison.
Morales owns a home in Balch Springs that was raided by the FBI in June. One of the horses from the operation, called Tremor Enterprises LLC, won the Dash for Cash at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
Founding Zetas member admits to killings
By Jason Buch / My San Antonio
AUSTIN — For likely the first time in a Texas courtroom, one of the original members of the Zetas drug cartel, originally a small group of assassins that was formed by former Mexican special forces soldiers, took the witness stand in a money laundering trial here.
Jesus Enrique “El Mamito” Rejon Aguilar, the Zetas’ seventh member, was arrested in 2011 after the killing in San Luis Potosí of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata.
Rejon testified that he joined the Zetas in [...]
MISSION, TX — The death of a South Texas singer well known for his ballads, including some about the exploits of Mexican drug cartels, was being treated as a murder investigation after authorities found his body Thursday on a rural road.
Jesus “Chuy” Quintanilla appeared to have been shot at least twice in the head and was found near his vehicle, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. Irrigation workers found his body on a roadway north of Mission in an isolated area surrounded by citrus groves, Trevino said.
Quintanilla’s family filed a missing person report [...]
By Jason Buch / My San Antonio
AUSTIN — A Mexican multimillionaire related to jurors here Monday how he was kidnapped, beaten and forced to travel to Oklahoma to purchase a horse for the Zetas drug cartel.
Alfonso Javier Del Rayo Mora, 46, told jurors that he was kidnapped in December 2010 in a bar in his home town of Veracruz. His kidnappers, who called themselves Zetas, held him for nine days, beating him severely and demanding 50 million pesos, or about $4.5 million at the time.
Jurors were shown pictures of Del Rayo, a real estate [...]
by Alex Zielinski / KCBD
LUBBOCK, TX – Lubbock Police and federal agents seized 200 lbs of marijuana and 3 lbs of mushrooms in a drug bust at Aero Lubbock at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Crews initially responded to a suspicious plane, and after the pilot refused to let police conduct a search a K9 alerted crews that drugs were present.
Police arrested two men, Ethan Oliver Wynne-Wade and Michael Paul Gallanter, both of San Francisco, and took them to the LPD holding facility where they were booked.
The DEA had the lead on the investigation and [...]
By Jazmine Ulloa / American-Statesman Staff
Years before he was accused of funneling drug money from the Zetas cartel into U.S. horse racing, Francisco Colorado Cessa channeled millions of the narco group’s dollars to a gubernatorial candidate in the Mexican state of Veracruz, a former accountant for the Gulf Cartel testified Thursday in federal court.
Jose Carlos Hinajosa, 35, told jurors he remembered that between 2004 and 2005 Colorado received hundreds of thousands of dollars from cocaine sales in the United States — on one occasion about $180,0oo, which he used to buy at least one horse, [...]
By Elizabeth Llorente / Fox
Latino groups are attacking a Texas Congressman who said Middle Eastern terrorists have formed links with Mexican drug cartels and are getting training on how to pass as undocumented Mexican immigrants when entering the United States.
“We know that Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said on C-SPAN. “We know that people are being trained to come in and act like they’re Hispanic when they’re radical Islamist.”
He did not elaborate how they are taught to “act. [...]